Video Formats

Video is the technology of electronically capturing, recording, processing, storing, transmitting, and reconstructing a sequence of still images representing scenes in motion. There are different layers of video transmission and storage, each with its own set of formats to choose from. While video format refers to the type of video files that a device can display, and may also be known as a video codec. Several popular video file formats are as follow. See video format guide below.


AVI Video Format - The AVI video format (Audio Video Interleave) was developed by Microsoft. Videos stored in the AVI video format have the extension .avi.


MPEG Video Format - The MPEG video format (Moving Pictures Expert Group) is the most popular format on the Internet. It is cross-platform, andĀ supported by all the most popular web browsers. Videos stored in the MPEG video format have the extension .mpg or .mpeg.


MP4 Format - The MP4 video format (MPEG-4 video format) is a moving picture compression standard which is used for Internet, broadcast, and on storage media.


Windows Media Player Video - Videos supported by Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft.


QuickTime Videos - The QuickTime format is developed by Apple. QuickTime video format is a common format on the Internet, but QuickTime movies cannot be played on a Windows computer without an extra (free) component installed.


Real Video Format - The RealVideo format was developed for the Internet by Real Media. The RealVideo format allows streaming of video (on-line video, Internet TV) with low bandwidths. Because of the low bandwidth priority, quality is often reduced.


Shockwave Flash Video - The Shockwaveb Flash format was developed by Macromedia. The SWF video format requires an extra component to play. This component comes preinstalled with the latest versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer.


Video Format Guide on Playing

A video format player is a kind of media player for playing back digital video data from media such as optical discs (for example, DVD, VCD), as well as from files of appropriate video formats such as MPEG, AVI, RealVideo, and QuickTime. In addition to VCR-like functions such as playing, pausing, stopping, rewinding, and forwarding, some common functions include zooming/full screen, audio channel selection, subtitle selection, and frame capturing. Some excellent video player software are VLC Media Player, QuickTime, KMPlayer, Zoom Player, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, etc.

Video Format Guide on Editing

Video editing is the process of editing segments of motion video footage, special effects and sound recordings. Motion picture film editing is a predecessor to video format editing and, in several ways, video editing simulates motion picture film editing, in theory and the use of non-linear and linear editing systems. Software like Windows Movie Maker makes it easy to create, join, split, crop, trim, modify color, merge your video file formats, and share home movies.

Video Format Guide on Converting

Video converting or transcoding is the direct digital-to-digital conversion of one encoding to another. This is usually done to incompatible or obsolete data in order to convert it into a more suitable video format. When transcoding one lossy file to another, the process almost always introduces generation loss. Here we recommend OJOsoft Total Video Converter, which is an all-in-one solution to convert between almost all popular video formats as you like.

Video Format Conversion Guides